Shoes. We have all done it: gone for the cutest pair that will match our outfits or gone for the pair that was the cheapest. That is not always the best thing for your feet. Many people have heard of the various arch types in one’s foot. But did you know many running shoe companies make a shoe designed to fit those various arch types? Why is that important you ask? The body is a kinetic chain. Problems that may arise at the feet can present in the knees, hips, and lower back. Wearing the right shoe for your arch type can better support your body whether you are on your feet all day, walking, or running a marathon.
The arch types:
High arches- the least common of all arch types. People with high arches are also called “supinators” due to the fact that they tend to walk more on the outside of their feet. People with high arches need a neutral cushioning shoe, which does not provide any medial support with more cushioning in the forefoot.
Medium arches- most common of all arch types. People with medium arches are called “mild overpronators” due to the fact as they walk their foot tends to roll in. This person needs a stability shoe which features a mid post piece to keep the arch elevated and from rolling in.
Flat arches- this person is what is called a “moderate to severe overpronator.” This person tends to walk with their arch flattening completely out giving no medial support and causing the foot ankle to roll in. This person needs a motion control shoe, which provides more of the medial support to keep the foot from rolling in. This shoe also provides more support for heavier set people.
Specialty running shoe stores found in Danville, Lynchburg, Durham, Greensboro, and Burlington can take the time to analyze your gait (the way you walk) as well as your arch type to get you set in the right pair of shoes. It may cost you a little more but your body will thank you for it.